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. appreciate getting my time. thank you, chairman bernanke, for being here. i do share one concern that senator vitter mentioned about the deficit. gosh, i wish we would have supported senator gregg's proposal when we had a chance, i think it was still the best, perhaps last-best proposal to actually force this congress to take an up or down vote on a plan that would put us back into fiscal sanity. i'm going to come back on the question of financial regulation. .. >> one of the comments you made and we are now 18 months after the crisis and you've said you have looked at the fed within supervision of the bank holding companies stronger capital, stronger risk supervision. you know, we've had a lot of discussion over the last 18 months about size. we've talked a bit earlier, senator raise questions about the volcker rule. i share some of your concerns about how you draw those lines. chairman dodd raise the question about using some of the intimate out there in terms of derivatives. can you tell us a little bit in his last 18 months with this increased focus on the largest sophisticated bank holdi
commercial real estate? i guess that you were all looking and listening to chairman bernanke when he talked about the next wave of defaults in the real estate area. >> yes. chair come well last questions, thank you very much -- develop last request questions. new loan fund than they did under the t.a.r.p. capital programs. one very important difference is that tarp was intended to provide capital for banks to assure their viability under conditions. this is powerful program designed to get banks to lend because as you know the dividend rate on this new capital can drop dramatically if and only if banks lend beyond where they are lending today. couple other points. the small banks we're talking about, have done a pretty good job of maintaining lending balances during this very difficult recession. we think many of them are eager to lend, and by providing them with more capital, in this case capital that could increase their tier 1 capital by 30 to 50% they should be more confident about able to support existing assets and increase their lending at the same time. >> it just brings me back mem
corps which western intelligence believes is peterheading iran's missile program. ben bernanke is outlining the central bank's plan for reeling in stimulus money once the economic recovery is more firmly rooted. the a p rights in prepared remarks to the house committee mr. burning pieces the fed will start tightening credit by boosting the interest rate it pays banks at the central bank. to an in to booktv for a three day president's day weekend beginning saturday. others inform treasury secretary henry paulson talking with warren buffett on the 2008 economic collapse. afterwards, historian and pulitzer prize winner gary wills on how the atomic bomb change the presidency and the role of the u.s. in the world. all day monday, books on american presidents. fdr, as seen on president obama and our culture on ronald reagan. for the complete schedule go to booktv.org. . it is a little under two hours. >> meeting come to order. mahatghghandi, every worthwhile accomplishment has stages drudgery and triumph. in beginning struggle and victory. the effort to add comprehensive health care
release the minutes of their meetings. mr. bernanke does testify regularly on capitol hill, explaining what he is doing. and why he is affecting monetary policy the way he is. some have suggested such as milton friedman once, that we could replace the federal reserve with a computer that would determine money supply and interest rates by a basic formula. perhaps that would be better than the usual way we have done in the past. i think the federal reserve policy, you know, can be subject to certain criticism. i'm not sure how it would work to eliminate the federal reserve, but i think there is legitimate disagreement on the way that they've had with the recession. and i think that disagreement is there. las. . 650 employees at the spa at the cost of $100,000 for three days for each employee. was a cost comparison done to justify such a cost? how was that chosen at the venue? what happened there? >> in that particular case there was a cost comparison and there were quotes from several vendors. one the challenges is finding a venue for that many people. it is the high cost. it is the annu
, some news today. federal reserve chairman ben bernanke told the senate banking committee today and his second day of testimony on capitol hill this week that interest rates will have to stay low for a lengthy period to counter a weak job market. the u.s. central bank chief prepared remarks were virtually identical to those delivered yesterday to the house financial services committee. and cheaper nike also told lawmakers that goldman sachs and other wall street firms may be looking into a sophisticated instrument investment instrument to make bets that greece will default on its debts. also about the healthcare summit which you can see live on c-span3 and c-span.org, a story from yahoo news saying that a consensus on how to rein in spiraling healthcare costs seem to be emerging as president obama some that the president agreed with assertions by oklahoma republican senator tom coburn that abuse them out account up to a third of the cost of a time of programs like medicare and medicaid. and is a major barrier to worldwide insurance coverage. senator coburn said that the cost is the chie
and secretary geithner concerning bans on proprietary trading by banks. according to chairman bernanke of the federal reserve, ben own proprietary trading for commercial banks may not be constructive. dr. summers, chief economic advisor in the current administration in the past has been a vocal proponent removing glass-steagall restraints. is there something in this obama administration and among the regulators concerning the volcker rule and restricting size and if so, what process -- what was expressed there? >> thank you, senator shelby. that's obviously a very important question. the proposals that the president articulated with respect to size and scope two weeks ago were ones that were based on a consensus recommendation of all of his economic team. so -- and i think you've heard secretary geithner and director summers speak to that quite directly. i think with respect to the regulators they are, of course, independent and i feel slightly less comfortable expressing their views. but i do think that in the main they are also supportive of this and we will work with them and obviou
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